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The LiveNation Premises Licence Review
Conditions imposed on Live Nation Premises Licence following review
- What is the licence used for?
- How does the new condition relating to the use of expletives alter the licence?
- How does the reduction of hours affect the licence?
- How will noise levels be affected?
- What happens about low level bass sound?
- Appeal outcome of the LiveNation Licence following the review
- Wireless 2019 Music Noise level - council monitoring
The Premises Licence issued to Live Nation has now been revised to ensure it reflects the amended and or new conditions imposed by the Licensing Sub Committee on 16 October 2018. It also contains the conditions in the Consent Order issued by the Magistrates Court on 8 January 2019. A copy of the Premises Licence is available for download:
The Questions and Answers below will assist in providing the context of the conditions imposed on the LiveNation Premises Licence following the review of the licence. The Licensing Sub Committee decision can be found here:
Hosting large concerts and festivals for a capacity of 49,999. In the past years artist such as Liam Gallagher, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Queens of the Stone and the Wireless Festival have been staged under this Premises Licence.
The original licence issued in 2013 had conditions relating to performers attire - this is not a new requirement. The Licensing Sub Committee have now added the requirement for LiveNation to take steps to make reasonable requests to performers in relation to the use of expletives. For the avoidance of doubt the promoter can request the performer to not use expletives, but if the performer then goes on stage and uses this language, this will not amount to a breach of the terms of the licence as the promoter would have carried out what was required of them in making the request in the first place.
This has been placed on the licence as the Licensing Sub Committee heard from residents about their concerns of children having to hear expletives from the performing artists whilst on stage. The Licensing Sub Committee acknowledge that the licensing objective of the protection of children from harm which would include the use of expletives was being undermined and sought to put in place reasonable steps that the licence holder could comply with to address this concern.
The Licensing Sub Committee reduced the hours of licensable activity on Sunday night only to 9pm for the sale of alcohol with regulated entertainment (music) stopping by 9.30pm. This was in response to residents concerns with the need to get children to bed at a decent time in readiness for a new school week.
The Licensing Sub Committee has left in place the requirement for noise levels to be set at 15db above background levels across the existing monitoring sites on roads nearest to the park. Islington is able to add a location of their choice to the monitoring points once they have carried out their background noise assessments.
Music noise levels at the location on Seven Sisters Road within the Table of Approved Locations in Condition 134 shall not exceed 75dB(A) when measured as a 15 minute LAeq. At every other location within the said Table, music noise levels shall not exceed the background noise level by more than 15dB when measured as a 15 minute LAeq and in any event shall not exceed 75 dB(A) at any time when measured as a 15 minute LAeq at those locations.
Background Noise Level (hHourly LA90) 7pm to 11pm
Currently permitted noise limit (dB(A) LAeq,15min)
Seven Sisters Road, N4 (LB Hackney)
|63 dB(A)||Capped at 75 dB(A)|
Adolphus Road, N4 (LB Hackney)
|44 dB(A)||59 dB(A)|
|Woodstock Road, N4||45 dB(A)||60 dB(A)|
|Stapleton Hall Road, N4||40 dB(A)||55 dB(A)|
|Lothair Road South, N4||44 dB(A)||59 dB(A)|
Rowley Gardens, N4 (LB Hackney)
|45 dB(A)||60 dB(A)|
.This is a new condition that has been added to the licence. The maximum low frequency Music Noise Level (LFMNL) shall not exceed 90 dB(C) Leq 15 minutes at the locations in the Table of Approved Locations in
Condition 134(was 106 previously). The licensee shall require the sound engineer to take remedial action to reduce levels on receipt of substantiated complaints of public nuisance or on LFMNL levels in excess of the
90 dB(C) Leq 15 minutes level referred to above.
The licence holders LiveNation lodged an appeal at Highbury Magistrates Court against the following matters imposed by the Licensing Sub Committee:
(1) Condition 107 on general noise levels, with regard to the levels set;
(2) Condition 31 on low frequency noise (i.e. bass levels), with regard to the levels set;
(3) Condition 105 on noise monitoring insofar as it requires continuous monitoring to be undertaken by the Premises Licence Holder during the regulated entertainment at the festival;
(4) New Condition on background noise levels, with regard to the requirement to update the background noise levels at the approved noise monitoring locations annually;
At a hearing on 8 January 2019, District Judge McPhee sitting at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court approved a Consent Order agreed between LiveNation and the Council which made minor amendments to two noise conditions imposed by the Licensing Sub Committee on 22 October 2018.
LiveNation agreed to withdraw its appeal in all other respects with no order as to costs.
The Judge refused the Friends of Finsbury Parks application to be added as a party to the appeal. He concluded that the carefully crafted Consent Order taken together with the original Sub Committee decision achieved a resolution in the public interest pursuant to the Licensing Act 2003.
The Judge considered that Haringey had taken a careful and considered approach throughout the review and in their conduct of the appeal.
LiveNation have accepted all the noise conditions and the earlier termination of the event on a Sunday evening. The decision of the LSC now takes effect.
- The LiveNation licence will finish at 9.30pm on Sunday evenings.
- “Music noise levels at the location on Seven Sisters Road within the Table of Approved Locations in Condition 106 shall not exceed 75dB(A) when measured as a 15 minute LAeq. At every other location within the said Table, music noise levels shall not exceed the background noise level by more than 15 dB when measured as a 15 minute LAeq and in any event shall not exceed 75 dB(A) at any time when measured as a 15 minute LAeq at those locations.”
- “The maximum low frequency Music Noise Level (LFMNL) shall not exceed 90 dB(C) Leq 15 minutes at the locations in the Table of Approved Locations in Condition 106. The licensee shall require the sound engineer to take remedial action to reduce levels on receipt of substantiated complaints of public nuisance or on LFMNL levels in excess of the 90 dB(C) Leq 15 minutes level referred to above."
- Live Nation will carry out constant monitoring through the event time at all the monitoring points for music noise levels.
- Live Nation will carry out a yearly evaluation of the background levels at all the monitoring locations.
- The Licensing Service are at present making amendments to the Live Nation Premises Licence in accordance with the conditions imposed by the Licensing Sub Committee and the District Judge ruling.
Haringey Environmental Health Noise carried out noise monitoring for the Wireless event and have advised that the Music Noise Levels [MNL] were generally found to be in compliance with the Premises Licence. The low frequency limit was approached on a number of occasions but not exceeded.
It was observed that on occasions where any of the dB(A) levels went above, they were in most cases reduced on the next reading either because action was taken by Vanguardia in association with the sound desk to rectify this, or because the nature of the music / performer changed.
The conditions relating to noise and bass management levels were broadly met. At present in relation to noise, no formal action is being proposed against Festival Republic. Officers will be working with Festival Republic to continue to capture any feedback and lessons learnt are put into place to ensure noise levels are managed effectively in accordance with the Licensing requirements.
The Haringey Licensing Team can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Level 1 North - River Park House
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